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Hannah Finn has been doing contortion and other circus arts for eleven years. She came into circus arts with a strong background in acting and theater and brought that into her circus discipline. She started out doing circus in Los Angeles at Le Studio (now Le Petit Cirque), at a young age . She has trained and performed all types of circus acts including hand to hand, duo trapeze, duo contortion, and contortion on the trapeze, but her main specialty is contortion. Shortly after she began doing circus, the world renowned ‘Steben twins’ ( Cirque du Soleils “O” and “Saltimbanco”), took a notice in her, and saw her passion, dedication and talent shine through. The Steben twins took Hannah on as their protégé and began to train her further in trapeze and contortion, becoming her mentors, and long time trainers. While training with the Steben twins Hannah began performing for various shows, and corporate events all over the Los Angeles area, and expanded into other parts of the United States. As she became more esteemed, Hannah got selected to attend the extremely prestigious summer program at Ecole Nationale De Cirque, in Montreal. After coming home from the program she continued performing and extended her presence internationally, teaching and performing all over the world. Hannah is known for her professionalism, experience in the industry, high level skill set, and an ability to adapt to any event. Her acting background allows Hannah to fit her routines to the emotional needs of any event.
Hannah continued to perfect her art of contortion but at the same time, decided to combine her passion for circus with a University level education (something that no one in the United States had ever done before, to this extent). She graduated from the University of Redlands in December of 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in: Creating and Producing Emotive Works of Contemporary Circus and Theater. By being a part of the Johnston program at the University of Redlands, Hannah was able to create an interdisciplinary education pulling from different fields of study to explore the multi faceted world of building a show from the ground up, and everything that entails. The details of her study included learning the business side of creating her own performance company, the theory and psychological side of translating emotion through the body by using circus arts and other expressive movement, the behind the scenes theatrical side of directing, stage managing, lighting design and producing, and continuing to improve her skill level in circus arts. Hannah was also able to alter her courses to infuse circus into her studies. All of this makes Hannah a key asset for circus companies by knowing not only how to direct,stage manage, and light for theater but also how to do it for the circus world, and what that demands. In both her behind the scenes, and performing endeavors Hannah stands out with her unique outlook on circus arts, unique movement style, and capabilities as a highly skilled contortionist, director,and creator.
What makes Hannah Finn so special is her unique performance style, capabilities and philosophy. Hannah’s acts are derived from raw emotions that we all experience, sometimes a story, or sometimes just a feeling. Hannah graduated with a Bachelors degree from the University of Redlands where she spent her time at school studying the intense and mystifying connection between the moving performer and audience member; what makes the audience feel emotion, and how to deliver that through the body. With her studies to back up her passion to inspire emotion in others; Hannah is able to deliver these emotions to the audience in such a real way that it stirs intense affect in them. Hannah hopes to create a circus company that explores this deep subconscious understanding between movement and emotion and how it connects with the audience. To achieve this she has specialized in such topics as dance therapy, movement theory, Jungian psychology, affect theory in terms of performance and much more. She plans to use circus, dance and theater along with a variety of multimedia apparati to achieve her goal of creating shows all around the world. Hannah stands out with her integration of the moving body and the mind, innovative ideas and creations.
EVOL: University of Redlands Circus Collective
In April of 2014 Hannah created the Circus Collective, a performance collective at the University of Redlands. This collective is one of the only student run circus performance clubs at a University, in the United States. In October of 2013 Hannah auditioned students from her University and chose the ones that had potential. With these students she created a schedule, training regimen, and eventually a show. Hannah trained these students for four hours a day everyday for months until she achieved her goal of producing and directing her first circus show. Not only did Hannah direct and produce the show, but she also choreographed, stage managed and starred in it. The show beautifully articulated the many different ways that love can be expressed. She used her studies on emotion and movement, costuming, lighting, sound and more to achieve this feat. The show was the first of many that Hannah hopes to create. If you would like see the show, contact Hannah through the contact form.
Shadow: Circomedia Spring Project
Hannah created her second piece at Circomedia in Bristol, England. She was given the task of creating an act and wanted to expand her experience as a director. As in her last show, Hannah chose two performers and coached them in emotional exercises as well as worked on choreography. She dedicated an extreme amount of time and effort into her project, delving deep into research and development and utilizing her studies at University, in the performance. She used psychological movement cues to help the audience understand the story and connect with it. This act was a dance and physical theater piece about oppression of the self, specifically in the way of self deprecating body shaming. Hannah drew from influences such as “Strange Fruit” choreographed by Pearl Primus and Cafe Muller choreographed by Pina Bausch. Hannah directed, stage managed, and designed the lighting for this performance. She also used LED technology in the performers costume to emphasize the emotions being felt in different body parts.
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